Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Aggressive Driving Enforcement Campaign

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: 4-17-2012


Cecilia Awusie
ITD Office of Highway Safety
(208) 334-8112

Kevin Haight
ISP Patrol Lieutenant
(208) 324-6000

Aggressive Driving Enforcement campaign reminds drivers to "Stop Speeding Before It Stops You"

In 2010, Aggressive Driving was a contributing factor in 52% of all crashes in Idaho. The number one contributing factor for fatal and serious injury crashes was speed. The economic cost of crashes involving speed was $1.2 billion dollars, which represents 47% of the total cost of all crashes in Idaho.

An aggressive driving education and enforcement campaign is planned for April 19-30. Law enforcement agencies statewide will step up patrols to catch speeders on all roads in Idaho.

Speeding is an aggressive driving behavior that is consistently a contributing factor in more than one third of all fatal crashes across the state, according to ITD highway safety statistics. "We want motorists to know that doing simple things like obeying traffic signs, waiting for other drivers, or just slowing down can save your life and the lives of others," said Cecilia Awusie, with ITD's Office of Highway Safety.

The education and enforcement campaign is funded by a federal grant administered by ITD. The campaign is part of the department's commitment to achieve a goal of zero deaths on Idaho's highways.